Tutorials

Layering with Apothecary Accents Framelits
 
The following is a photo-tutorial for layering using the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  This one uses the largest shape.  Scroll down to see other shapes.

Cut to labels in contrasting colour.
Cut one label in half lengthwise.
Trim as shown.
Keep these pieces.
Adhere to back of stamped label.
Rear view.
Cut second label in half width-wise
Trim as shown
Keep these pieces.
  
Adhere to ends of stamped label.
Rear view
 


Here is the same concept using another shape from the Apothecary Accents set.

Cut two of same-shaped label from contrasting colour.  Cut one in half lengthwise and the other in half width-wise.

Trim the lengthwise label and shown.

This is what you're left with when you're done trimming.

Layer the two trimmed pieces behind the stamped label.

This is what it looks like from the back.

Trim the other label as shown.

These are the pieces you want to keep.

Adhere to the ends of the stamped label.

Rear view.

Here is yet another version using a different shape.  This one is SUPER easy!

Cut a 1-3/4"x 3-1/4" piece of card stock in a contrasting colour.

From that piece, punch two 1" circles, ensuring they are punched away from the edges.

Glue stamped label onto punched rectangle, covering the holes.

Adhere the 1" circles on either end.
See?  Told you it was easy!
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FAN-FOLDED FLOWER TUTORIAL
© 2011 Leena Girsa

I have found this neat way to make my own flower embellishments that doesn’t add a lot of weight to a card.  While I have tried other methods, I have often found that the number of layers of cardstock needed to get fullness in the flower adds a great deal of bulk which often causes my cards to fall over!  This one is lighter and allows my cards to stand upright…here is an example of one used on a tri-shutter card.



Supplies Needed (all from Stampin’ Up!):
  • 2 3/8” scalloped circle punch
  • 1 ¾” scalloped circle punch
  • ornament punch
  • crimper (optional)
  • cardstock (in this tutorial I use pretty in pink and garden green)
  • paper piercer
  • large diameter brad (in this tutorial I use a glimmer brad)
  • Tombow liquid glue (or similar)
  • Ink (in this tutorial I use rose red and always artichoke)
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle of water


HOW-TO:

Punch 3 2 3/8” scalloped circles one 1 ¾” scalloped circle from pink cardstock.

Run all circles through the crimper multiple times, rotating 45˚ each time.  (optional...this just speeds up the distressing process.  You can get the same result by just crumpling the paper.)  Then crumple each circle, taking care not to tear it.  This will help break down the fibres of the cardstock.  You’ll know you’ve distressed it enough when the cardstock layers start to separate.




Very gently pull apart each circle.  You will end up with 2 thinner layers of cardstock circles for each one you started with.  (Meaning you’ll have 6 of the larger size and two of the smaller.)


Using a darker shade of the same colour ink, sponge all the way around the edges of each circle.



Using your scissors, cut a slit into the middle of one of the larger circles. 


Starting from the slit, haphazardly fan fold your way around the circle, leaving a bit of a tail at the end.  You do not need to be neat  or worry about keep the folds even.


Wrap the tail around the base of the fan and secure it with Tombow.  You’ll need to hold it for a minute or two till it sets.

Allow the folds to separate slightly and add a dab of glue between each.


Repeat this process for all 6 large scalloped circles.




Punch another 2 3/8” scalloped circle from pink cardstock.


Apply a generous amount of Tombow to the newly punched circle.  Arrange the fans around the circle with the points facing toward the middle.  Press down to set them in the glue.  Set this aside to dry.

You’ll need your two smaller circles and a brad.


Spritz both circles with water.  This will make them more pliable and easier to shape.


Scrunch one of the circles, gathering it in the middle so that you have a smaller, semi-round circle.

Take your brad and apply glue to the underside of the head.



Insert the brad through the scrunched circle, pressing the centre into the glue.




This is what it should look like from the back.


Poke your brad through the centre of the second smaller circle.


Taking your piece with the fan-folded scallops on it, poke a hole in the centre using your piercing tool.  Insert the brad through the hole and open the prongs on the brad to secure it.


This is what your flower will look like from the back.


Punch one green ornament.


Using the same method as for the scalloped circle, distress the ornament until you are able to pull it apart into two pieces.


Sponge the edges of each piece in a darker shade of the same colour ink.  Spritz each piece with water.


Holding the ornament at the tab, pinch and shape the ornament into a leaf shape.  Apply glue where necessary to hold it in place. Repeat with second ornament.

Adhere the leaves to the back of the flower.


And you’re done!



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ALL-OCCASION CARD PORTFOLIO
TUTORIAL

© Leena Girsa 2010-08-10


  


The colours I used for this project were Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze and Basic Gray.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOX:

Supplies Needed:
  • 11” ½ x 6” piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
  • 8 ¾” x 4 ½ “ piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
  • 7 ¼” x 3 ¾” piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
  • 2 1/8” x 5 1/8” piece of Baja Breeze Cardstock (x2)
  • 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Baja Breeze Cardstock
  • 4” x 5 ¾” piece of Basic Gray Cardstock (x2)
  • 2 3/8” x 6” piece of Basic Gray Cardstock
  • 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece of Basic Gray Cardstock
  • 3 ¾” x 5” piece of Whisper White Cardstock
  • Scraps of Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze & Whisper White Cardstock for punching
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
  • Stamps:  Just Because, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Punches:  1 ¾” Scalloped Circle, 1 3/8” circle, Modern Label, Word Window
  • Adhesives:  Sticky Strip, Glue Stick, Dotto
  • 5/8” Satin Ribbon in Basic Gray (approx 30”)





Step 1: 
·        Take your 11 ½ x 6 piece of Cherry Cobbler CS and score both short sides at 5”.  This will be your outer cover for the portfolio.
·        Take your two 4 x 5 ¾ pieces of Basic Gray CS and adhere to each side, leaving a ½” border at the outer edge and a 1/8” border at the top and bottom edges.

Step 2: 
·        Take your 8 ¾ x 4 ½ piece of Cherry Cobbler CS and score one long and both short sides at ½” and 1 ½”.  This will be your card pocket.
·        Trim corners up to the 1 ½” score lines.  Fold along score lines. 
·        Apply Sticky strip along outer side of ½” score line on all three sides.
·        Adhere to right side of cover, ensuring the long side of the pocket is aligned with the right edge of the Basic Gray mat and the short sides are aligned with the top and bottom edges of the mat.

Step 3: 
·        Take your 7 ¼ x 3 ¾ piece of Cherry Cobbler CS and score one long and both short sides at 1/2” and ¾”.  This will be your envelope pocket.
·        Trim corners up to the ¾” score lines.  Fold along score lines.
·        Apply sticky strip along outer side of ½” score line on all three sides.
·        Adhere to left side of cover, ensuring the long side of the pocket is aligned with the left edge of the Basic Gray mat and the short sides are aligned with the top and bottom edges of the mat

Step 4: 
·        Take your two 4 x 5 ¾ pieces of Baja Breeze CS and centre them on each pocket.  Adhere using sticky strip.

Step 5: 
·        Stamp 12 sentiments in Basic Gray ink on Whisper White CS. 
·        Punch each one out with the Word Window punch.
·        Punch out 12 Modern Labels from Cherry Cobbler CS
·        Adhere sentiments to the modern labels using a glue stick.
·        Apply 2 dimensionals to each modern label.  DO NOT remove backing piece. 
·        Apply Dotto to the backing piece of each dimensional.
·        Adhere sentiments to Baja Breeze mats on each envelope.

Step 6: 
·        Take your 2 3/8" x 6" piece of Basic Gray cardstock and score both long sides at ½”.
·        Adhere to spine of cover using sticky strip.

Step 7: 
·        Take your 30” piece or satin ribbon and centre it on the outside front cover, ensuring the tails of ribbon are on the right.
·        Adhere ribbon to front of cover using sticky strip.

Step 8:  Decorate front of cover as desired.  I think you can probably figure out what I did!

Step 9:  Create 6 simple cards to go inside your portfolio.  Be sure to leave space on the front of each card for a sentiment.  Try to include at least one card suitable for a male recipient!

I hope you enjoy this project!

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DIY EMBOSSING PLATE
TUTORIAL
© Leena Girsa
(Original Concept by Judith Naylor)

Creating your own embossing plates is SO easy to do with punches and cardboard.  Here is the how-to…

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • Chipboard or thick cardboard (I used the cardboard that comes with SU specialty paper)
  • Thin box boards (think cereal box weight)…I used the cardboard that comes with SU Designer Series Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Tombow multipurpose liquid adhesive
  • Punch(es) in desired shapes

STEP 1:

Using your craft knife, cut a piece of chipboard (or similar weight cardboard) to 4 ½” x 5 ¾”.  



STEP 2:
Using your ruler and pencil create a grid pattern on your chipboard piece.  I did mine in a half inch grid.  You can decide how large to make your grid.  This step is helpful if you want to create regular pattern and to help line up your cardstock when embossing.


STEP 3:
For this plate I am using the SU butterfly punch.  Punch several butterflies out of the lightweight boxboard.  Be sure to use lightweight board or you will destroy your punch!
 


STEP 4: 
Lay out your punched shapes on the grid.  It will look more effective if you have some extending off the grid.  Here I am using 6 butterflies.



STEP 5:
Using your Tombow, glue down each shape using a very thin layer of glue.  Less is more here…you don’t want the glue to ooze out from underneath the shapes…it will harden and show when you run it through your Big Shot.  Once you have all of your first layer glued down, layer two more punched shapes on top, making sure to line them up exactly with the previous layer.  Trim pieces that extend off the grid so that they are even with the cardboard base.


Here is a side-view of the finished plate:



…And here is a card I made using this plate!


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